Disability facilities installed as part of £6m Newcastle station refurb

A number of facilities to improve access for people with disabilities have been installed at Metro’s Newcastle Central Station, as part of a £6m refurbishment.

The station, which is used by 5.3m people a year, has undergone a major redevelopment over the last 18 months, invested in major improvements for disabled access.

Two lifts have been replaced and tactile paving installed to assist passengers with visual impairments.

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The project has been jointly funded, with a £3.5m contribution from the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme, and a £2.5m grant from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund that helps to support economic asset and infrastructure projects across the North East LEP area.

Director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “As part of our £350m modernisation programme we are updating Metro stations right across Tyne and Wear, and Newcastle Central Station is the latest one to see the benefits of that investment.

“The concourse and the platforms have been totally transformed and we have improved accessibility for passengers with disabilities. The station’s smart new appearance make it a great place to welcome people into our region.”

Tolent was the firm contracted to carry out the improvements.

Image: Newcastle, Getty

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